2019 Acura RDX

MSRP $37,400 - $47,500

Ranked #3 in Midsize Suv

8.2

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2019 Acura RDX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Acura is a brand that started well, but in recent times it has seen a drop in sales, overall build quality, reliability, and performance. Their latest and most luxurious offering which is the RLX sedan feels like a joke for the segment in which it stands, the once best selling car from the brand which is their MDX SUV also sees a drop in sales. What’s in for the refreshed RDX then, well that is what we are going to learn through this review.

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Pros

Better driving dynamics than the previous versions

New SH-AWD system

Bigger cargo bay

Good value for money

Cons

Most available options are bundled in packages

Single powertrain option

Clumsy transmission 

What's New?

All-new redesigned models for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

10 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

108.3 in.

length

186.8 in.

width

74.8 in.

height

65.7 in.

curb weight

3783 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

104 cu ft.

cargo volume

58.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/28 mpg

highway range

448.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$37,400 onwards

SH-AWD$39,400 onwards

Technology Package$40,600 onwards

SH-AWD w/Technology Package$42,600 onwards

A-Spec$43,600 onwards

Advance Package$45,500 onwards

SH-AWD w/Advance Package$45,600 onwards

SH-AWD A-Spec$47,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2019 Acura RDX in Fathom Blue Pearl color
Fathom Blue Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

9.4

Competition

7.5

Final Verdict

8.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The Acura RDX has been fully redesigned for the 2019 model year and now embarks the third generation of RDX. It is larger and more spacious than the older generation model and also comes with significant updates. The older naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 which came in the RDX has been replaced with a new 2.0 L turbocharged Inline-4. The 2019 Acura RDX competes with the Volvo XC60, Lincoln MKC, and the Infiniti QX50.


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

9.4/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2019 Acura RDX Features

There are no trim options to choose from, Acura keeps it plain and simple, you can juggle between the features and style with the help of available optional packages. There is an option to opt for the Super Handling AWD system which comes at an additional cost of around $2,000 with every trim. The RDX can be had with the 3 optional packages that bundle different features which can be considered as the trim options of the RDX. The A-spec package changes the overall look of the car as it is a more performance-oriented package

Trim

Base

Technology Package

A-Spec package (includes Technology Package)

Advanced Package

MSRP 

$37,400 (FWD)

$39,400 (AWD)

$40,600 (FWD)

$42,600 (AWD)

$43,600 (FWD)

$45,600 (AWD)

$45,500 (FWD)

$47,500 (AWD)

Key Features

18-inch wheels

19-inch Pewter Gray Metallic Machine-Finished Split 5-Spoke Wheels

Exclusive A-Spec Front and Rear Bumpers

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Automatic LED headlights

Navigation system

A-Spec dual rear exhaust

19-inch Medium Alloy Silver Interwoven Wheels

 

7-speaker sound system with satellite radio

Leather upholstery

Sport A-spec perforated leather seats

Auto-dimming side mirrors

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration

Traffic information

Heated and ventilated front seats

10.5-inch Head-Up Display (HUD)

 

Sport Seats with Leatherette-Trimmed Interior

Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching

20-inch Shark Gray Split Five-Spoke Wheels

Acura watch Plus and all features of the technology package

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers

Black Grille and Exterior Trim

Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching and Piping

 

Panoramic Roof with Tilt and Slide Function

Rear cross-traffic alert

Sport A-Spec Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Ultrasuede-Trimmed 

Interior with Contrast Stitching and Piping

Heated and Ventilated Front Seats

Which Trim should you buy?

The best and most affordable upgraded option to go for is the Technology package, as it adds a lot of safety features, bigger wheels, leather upholstery, and a better sound system. Also, the new AWD system is more fun to drive and offers better traction, and is best suited for all kinds of weather situations so it should be your go-to choice if you really want to enjoy the new RDX to its fullest potential. 

2019 Acura RDX Engine and Performance

9.0/10

There are no engine options to choose from; the new RDX comes with just one powertrain option. The bigger 3.5-liter V6 engine which previously powered the RDX has been replaced with a new and slightly smaller 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. This setup might be short on power than the previous one, but is more torquey and packs a punch. It makes 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The new 10-speed automatic transmission is a bit questionable. 

In the standard driving mode which is set to Sport, it works well as it performs downshifts quickly and holds in the gear for longer, but when you change the drive mode, it acts a bit clumsy and does not offer the same responsiveness as it does in the standard sport mode. 60 MPH comes up in 5.6 seconds, and the sporty A-Spec package does not fiddle with the engine or any other mechanics and only adds cosmetic changes to the RDX. 

Models

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Volvo XC60

2019 Lincoln MKC 

2019 Infiniti QX50

MSRP

$37,400

$42,100

$33,995

$36,650

Engine

2.0-liter inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

2.0-liter inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power (hp @ RPM

272 hp @ 6,500 RPM

250 hp @ 5,500 RPM

245 hp @ 5,500 RPM

268 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

280 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

275 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.6

4.9 

7.1 

6.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.3

15.2

15.3

14.9

Top-Speed (MPH)

125

130

142

143

Volvo goes 60 MPH way before the rest of the cars in the comparison. The Acura crosses the quarter-mile mark before the rest of the cars whereas the Infiniti QX60 has the highest top speed. The best power and torque combination is delivered by the Acura closely followed by the Infiniti. The Acura with the new engine is surely a superb contender in this segment.

How well does the 2019 Acura RDX handle?

To feel the full potential of the car, the SH-AWD system is a must. It enhances the overall driving dynamics of the new RDX. It comes with standard adaptive air suspension which handles bumps and uneven road surfaces with ease. The overall drive in the car also feels fun as it has sharp steering responses and the standard driving mode is set to ‘Sport’ which makes the car quite authoritative. It performs overtaking maneuvers with ease and feels fun to drive around town as well. 

The A-spec package comes with larger 20-inch wheels which makes the ride a bit harsh, but increases the sharpness of the drive and also helps it change directions quickly. The ride quality of the RDX is impressive and the standard suspension setup soaks the undulations of the road effectively. The Advanced Package comes equipped with an adaptive damper system which further provides extra adjustments settings. 

2019 Acura RDX Braking Performance

While the car comes with decently sized brakes, they still require improvement. The brake pedal offers inconsistent responses and it kills the excitement while driving the car. The stability control also uses the brakes to keep the car in control at all times. Upfront it comes with 12.4 inches rotors while the rear houses 12.2-inch ones. This works pretty well and brings the RDX to stop from 60mph at a distance of 121 ft which is not the best, but still is a respectable distance. 

Models

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Volvo XC60

2019 Lincoln MKC 

2019 Infiniti QX50

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.4

13.6

13.2

13.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.2

12.6

12.4

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,783

4,109

3,811

3,810

60-0 (feet)

121

118

N/A

N/A

The bigger brakes in the heavier Volvo XC60 help it stop before the RDX. Lincoln and Infiniti have almost similarly sized brakes, and also weight similar though their exact braking distance is not yet known, it would be very close. The Acura is in the middle ground when it comes to braking capabilities, however, it is well above average.

2019 Acura RDX Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The new smaller engine, while offering more torque than the previous one and also feels the best fit for the car, also seems like a sensible choice when you look at the MPG it has to offer. The MPG figures float in the mid-20s which is an average for the class and are quite respectable. EPA estimates that it would return 22/28/24 MPG for city/highway/combined cycles. Fitted with a 17.1-gallon fuel tank the range also remains good, so you need to stop less to refuel while on long journeys.

Models

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Volvo XC60

2019 Lincoln MKC 

2019 Infiniti QX50

MPG (City)

22

22

20

24

MPG (Highway)

28

29

27

31

MPG (Combined)

24

24

23

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.1

18.8

15.7

16

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

376/479/410

414/545/451

314/424/361

384/496/432

Infiniti is the most fuel-efficient but having a small fuel tank decreases the overall range, something which Volvo wins in. Volvo XC60 comes with the biggest fuel tank hence it allows for the most and thus results in fewer stoppages for refueling while traveling over a long distance. The Acura has a respectable fuel economy as well as range, but it certainly doesn’t excel in fuel efficiency. 

2019 Acura RDX Interior

8.0/10

The overall interior of the new RDX feels more sporty than luxurious. It comes fitted with upscale materials but it does not offer a feel that the high-priced German rivals would offer, for the price though it feels good enough. The seats are comfortable and there is a lot of space for the front and rear passengers alike, the driving position is also good and would satisfy crossover fans as well as driving enthusiasts. There are a lot of standard features available which make the car feel more luxurious and stylish. 

The seats and the interior trim vary according to the trim chosen. The Technology Package adds sport seats with a perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed interior with contrast stitching. The A-Spec package further adds flashy red-accented seats which further adds to the sportiness of the RDX whereas the Advance Package 

Models

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Volvo XC60

2019 Lincoln MKC 

2019 Infiniti QX50

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.6/59.7/41.6

38/58.2/41.5

39.6/56.0/42.8

41/57.9/39.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.3/56.6/38.4

38.0/56.3/38.0

38.7/55.3/36.8

39.1/57.1/38.7

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

31.1

29.7

25.2

31.4

The Infiniti and the RDX have the most space inside and also similarly sized cargo bays. The Lincoln MKC has the least space inside and also has the smallest trunk. All other competitors are comfortable and provide a good amount of cargo space. The quality of the cabin is pretty good in all of the cars. The Acura however, has the most premium and luxurious looking one, thanks to the redesign which made it possible. The following are some of the most important interior features-

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
  • Sport Seats with Leatherette-Trimmed Interior
  • 12-Way Power Seats with Power Lumbar Support
  • Heated front seats
  • Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seatback
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls 
  • Brushed Aluminum Trim

 What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system comes in the form of a 10.2-inch display which is perched high on the dashboard. While the system is powered by Android software, you only get Apple CarPlay in the form of smartphone integration. Acura says that Android Auto will follow soon. There are a lot of other standard features as well incorporated in the system. 

The unique part about the system is that it comes with a touchpad controller that is placed just where the drivers right hand would rest on the center console, and this makes it easier to operate the system while driving, once you get used to the system which seems like a not so easy task. The standard infotainment features that come in the new RDX include:

  • 10.2-inch HD Dual-Content Center Display
  • 7-inch Color Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability
  • Apple CarPlay integration
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Acura Premium Audio System with 9 Speakers
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • USB Audio Interface

2019 Acura RDX Exterior

8.5/10

Acura has finally managed to give their cars decent looks. The new grille design feels not too challenging or overdone or too bland. It gives the RDX a decent front design and the little diamond behind the Acura badge further enhances the look of the grille. The signature ‘Jewel-Eye’ headlights come with standard DRL lights which give it a stylish look. The window lines hint at a more coupe-like design, while the straight and high roof improves the practicality of the car, and it comes with creases and chrome accents that complete the look of the car and makes it one of the better-looking cars from the manufacturer.

The Acura is definitely a looker and has some distinct sharp cuts and styling elements. The signature Acura grille remains mostly the same and is accompanied by Jewel Eye LED headlights on both sides. The wheel options with the RDX vary according to the trim. The standard wheels are of 18inches in size whereas the Technology Package gets 19-inch pewter gray metallic machine-finished split 5-spoke wheels. The Advance Package gets the same-sized wheels of Medium Alloy Silver Interwoven finish whereas the A-Spec Package gets larger 20-inch shark gray split five-spoke wheels.

Models

2019 Acura RDX

2019 Volvo XC60

2019 Lincoln MKC 

2019 Infiniti QX50

Curb Weight (lb)

3,783

4,109

3,823

3,810

Length (inches)

186.8

184.6

179.2

184.7

Width (inches)

74.8

78.7

73.4

74.9

Height (inches)

65.7

65.3

65.2

66

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.7

8.5

N/A

8.6

Wheelbase (inches)

108.3

112.8

105.9

110.2

The Volvo weighs the most, is also equally long as the Infiniti QX50, and has the biggest wheelbase, it still feels smaller than the rest, and has a smaller trunk than the Acura and Infiniti which seem to have used the available space to their full potential. The smaller dimensions of the MKC would make it easier to drive around suburbs but comprises the available space. The following are some of the prominent exterior features-

  • Panoramic Roof with Tilt and Slide Function
  • Jewel Eye LED headlights
  • LED-Illuminated Dragon Tail Lights
  • Acoustic Glass Windshield
  • 19-inch Medium Alloy Silver Interwoven Wheels
  • Adaptive Damper System

2019 Acura RDX Safety

9.4/10

Safety is not a concern for the buyers as Acura looks after it well. The reports and ratings from the top safety institutions like NHTSA and IIHS further back up this claim. NHTSA gives the car a full five-out-of-five star rating in their crash tests, and IIHS also gives it their highest available title ‘Top Safety Pick +’. Standard safety features include airbags, ABS, EBD traction and stability control, and a few drivers assist features like blind-spot monitoring, and rear-cross traffic alert are available, they come in optional packages, other standard safety features include:

  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)59
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow53
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)61
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System56
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

2019 Acura RDX Competition

7.5/10

2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 offers better build quality and a more refined and upscale interior than the RDX. It lacks in terms of power when compared to the RDX and also has a smaller trunk. The RDX looks more updated on the inside with a refreshed cabin as well as a dashboard. Overall the RDX is the better choice as it offers a more advanced package.

2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Lincoln MKC

The decision from Lincoln not to update the MKC seems a bit dull and so is the car itself. It uses cheap plastic inside the cabin, is less powerful than the RDX, and also looks bland. RDX offers exciting driving dynamics, more space, a better interior, and more fuel economy. The Lincoln is seriously inferior to the Acura in many aspects making the RDX the obvious choice. 

2019 Acura RDX vs 2019 Infiniti QX50

Acura is to Honda, what Infiniti is to Nissan, and both the cars are pretty tough competitors as they remain neck and neck in a lot of sectors. Both the cars have similar feeling interiors, identical interior space, where the QX50 overtakes the RDX in its better fuel economy, which however could have been better utilized if they used a bigger fuel tank. 

2019 Acura RDX Final Verdict

8.0/10

The new RDX seems to be a messiah for the diminishing Acura brand. It comes with all new styling which makes the car look good, and the optional A-spec package gives it distinct and stylish accents overall. The interior fails to match the standard of high-end luxury crossovers but feels decent and well equipped for the price range, and with only one trim to choose from, you get a host of standard features whether it be for infotainment or safety. The engine and the new SH-AWD also bring some character to the car and give it a fun driving experience. All of these features together make the Acura RDX a car worth buying, and with the affordable price tag, it never feels overpriced or under-equipped. 

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